No, you're not off, Rickard, and the blogger/professor seems to me to
have a good point about the difference in effect between the two
versions, one which appeals more to the senses and one which leans more
toward abstraction. Thanks for setting them up side by side; the
scrolling up and down I was doing line by line was not the most
productive way to compare.....
Rickard A. Parker wrote:
> As CR posted there are two versions of the poem that produce different
> reactions and the wording changes the music of the poetry.
> And replace "girl" with something else like a name (other than "Mary")
> and where is the misogynism? I see in the poem a man wanting to be a
> monk tempted by a woman, an ordinary woman, not a temptress. Am I off
> on this reading?